Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

NAMI PA, Main Line News and Offerings
Register now for Family-to-Family! Family-to-Family (F2F) is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. More information is available at
  • F2F at the LANKENAU Medical Center will begin this Wednesday, February 15 and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register for F2F, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or Registration is required. 
A forum presentation, Ask the Experts with Judith Katz, M.D., Ellen Berman, M.D. and Michael Harper, Esq.will take place on Sunday, March 5, from 2-4 p.m. (snow date, March 12) at Ardmore Presbyterian Church, 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore. The speakers will answer your questions and will also provide brief presentations on Advance Directives, inpatient hospitalization, and how a diagnosis is made, why it is so difficult, and how it relates to which medications are effective. Dr. Katz is a third-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Berman ( is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Penn. Attorney Michael Harper has extensive experience advocating on behalf of clients with mental illness ( For more information, please contact us at or 267-251-6240.

Feature of the Week: NAMI PA, Main Line Grant Program

NAMI PA, Main Line is pleased to offer small grants to families with a child or teen who could benefit from a structured program that provides the opportunity to practice social skills or supports other therapeutic goals for a child with a DSM diagnosis (such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, etc.). The purpose of these grants is to provide children and teens access to a program recommended by a physician or other professional with knowledge of the child’s diagnosis, including a social skills program, a recreational program that meets social skills needs, or a program that meets other therapeutic goals. For further information and eligibility requirements, visit our webpage:

Upcoming Events

Join MHA and NAMI in a SAMHSA-sponsored webinar “Challenges and Solutions for Mental Health Caregivers” as they discuss the challenges faced by caregivers including structural issues that limit recovery from the caregiver perspective. Based on two reports with responses from over 2,000 caregivers, presenters will present compelling data, stories and solutions for families and leaders to empower caregivers and adults living with mental health conditions. The webinar will be held Tuesday February 14 from 2.00 p.m to 3.30 p.m. Register here:

NAMI Members can register for a free webinar held on February 16 from 5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. NAMI Ask the doctor: Understanding and Helping Kids with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges. In this webinar, Dr. Ross Greene, author of several influential books, will discuss innovative strategies from the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model for working with behaviorally challenging kids including how to teach children skills like frustration tolerance, flexibility/adaptability and problem-solving, and how to collaborate with the child to proactively to solve problems. Register here:

A Mental Health First Aid course will be held on February 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Medical Education, 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens. Registration is free through Event Brite at

The Temple University Collaborative On Community Inclusion is looking for volunteers for an online study about students with mental health issues. The study aims to find out how students with mental health needs can be better supported so they can succeed in school. For eligibility and more information, click here:…/fo…/SV_3x7cZyGAZBBVOCN

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania proudly presents its first-ever, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference on March 31 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.The conference plans to offer professionals and families diverse and innovative learning opportunities pertaining to current issues affecting children and youth with behavioral health conditions. In addition to the keynote presenters, this conference will offer 12 different workshops for participants to attend. Continuing education credits will be available. Contact NAMI Southwestern PA at 412-366-3788 or email for information and registration details.

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